WHITMIRE — Five Whitmire High School football players were recognized as part of the 2015 Newberry Touchdown Club All-County and Academic All-County Teams.
The five Whitmire football players — all seniors — who were recognized for their efforts this season included Alex Ellison, West Jenkins, Austin Jenkins, Brad Burleson and Darian Gilliam.
Alex Ellison (No. 7) is a senior defensive end/fullback and a team captain. Ellison was nominated for Newberry Touchdown Club “Player of the Year” consideration by the Whitmire coaching staff, and he is a three-time All-Region and All-County selection. Coach Charlie Jenkins called Ellison “the engine of the offense” as he is the team’s second leading tackler, a running and receiving threat, and a devastating blocker from his fullback position. Ellison also served as the team’s punter and was a four-year starter for the Wolverines.
West Jenkins (No. 8) is a senior defensive back/wingback and a team captain, and he is a three-time All-Region and All-County selection. Coach Jenkins said West is a versatile performer — an outstanding safety on defense and a standout on offense as the Wolverines’ leading receiver and second leading rusher. West also served as a solid punt returner and steady holder on place kicks. He was also a four-year starter and is a BETA Club member, maintaining a 3.630 GPA.
Austin Jenkins (No. 9) is a senior linebacker/quarterback and a team captain. Coach Jenkins also called Austin a versatile performer for the Wolverines as QB and an aggressive tackler as a defensive player. Austin was also a four-year starter for the Wolverines.
Bradley Burleson (No. 32) is a senior defensive back and a three-year letterman. Burleson is a member of the All-Academic team, currently holding a 4.431 GPA.
Darian Gilliam (No. 78) is a senior offensive lineman. He is a member of the All-Academic team, currently holding a 4.325 GPA, and he is also WCS Student Body President.
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